National Animal Pest Alerts—national extension materials aiding the adoption of ‘best practice’ management

Lead researcher: Win Kirkpatrick, Department of Agriculture and Food WA,

The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) previously produced some National Animal Pest Alerts to raise awareness about the risk of emerging invasive species establishing or spreading further in Australia. The published pest alerts cover the Indian ringneck parakeet, the house crow, common myna, ferret, and rusa deer. Importantly, the pest alerts attempt to distinguish these non-native species from similar-looking natives and include background information, description, behaviour, potential impact, and contact points for reporting sightings.

DAFWA has also played a supporting role in the development of risk assessment models for vertebrates, having now produced approximately 150 VPC-approved national assessments for Australia with funding from the Bureau of Rural Sciences.

This project built on these assessments to produce extension materials based on the results of completed risk assessments. This enabled risk assessment results to be made more accessible to members of the general public and specific stakeholder groups; many people remain ignorant of the potential negative effects of some species.

The pest alerts are designed to:

  • raise awareness with targeted stakeholders about the risks these pests pose primarily to agriculture, but also the environment and the community (where appropriate)
  • identify and embed key messages that encourage a “call to action” approach to enable people to determine what appropriate steps they need to take with respect to reporting or management of pest species in the landscape.

This project was funded under the Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP).
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Author Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP)
Secondary Author Win Kirkpatrick
Year 2009
Volume 2008-09
Institution Department of Agriculture and Food WA
Region Australia - national